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Comparison of hip fracture incidence and trends between Germany and Austria 1995-2004: An epidemiological study

Eva Mann1, Gabriele Meyer2, Burkhart Haastert3 and Andrea Icks4*

Author Affiliations

1 General Practice and Institute for Health Services Research, Rankweil, Austria

2 Faculty of Medicine, Institute of Nursing Science, Witten/Herdecke University, Witten, Germany

3 mediStatistica, Neuenrade, Germany

4 Faculty of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology and International Public Health, School of Public Health, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany; and North-Rhine Westfalian Chamber of Physicians, Düsseldorf, Germany

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BMC Public Health 2010, 10:46  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-10-46

Published: 29 January 2010



Several studies evaluated variations in hip fracture incidences, as well as trends of the hip fracture incidences. Comparisons of trends are lacking so far. We compared the incidence rates and, in particular, its trends between Austria and Germany 1995 to 2004 analysing national hospital discharge diagnosis register data.


Annual frequencies of hip fractures and corresponding incidences per 100,000 person years were estimated, overall and stratified for sex and age, assuming Poisson distribution. Multiple Poisson regression models including country and calendar year, age and sex were used to analyse differences in incidence and trend. The difference of annual changes between the two countries was explored using an interaction term (calender year * country).


Overall, the increase of hip fracture risk was 1.31 fold higher (95% CI 1.29-1.34) in Austria compared to Germany, adjusted for age, sex, and calendar year. The risk increase was comparable for both sexes (males: RR 1.35 (1.32-1.37), females: RR 1.31 (1.29-1.33)). Hip fracture trend from 1995 to 2004 indicates an increase in both countries without a statistically significant difference between Austria and Germany (interaction term: p = 0.67).


In this study comparing hip fracture incidences and its trend using pooled data, the incidence in Austria was 30% higher compared to its neighbouring country Germany. For both countries a similar increasing trend of hip fracture incidence over the 10-year study period was calculated. The results need confirmation by other studies.